Not all speakers were created equal—or at least not all of them are equally effective. Some people are just better communicators than others. If you want to be a better speaker, you have to master some techniques, especially if you are a school assembly speaker. An assembly is a big venue, and quite overwhelming too, because this is where parents, teachers, businessmen, and leaders are listening to what you have to say. It is not only important to have the talent and the knowledge but you must have the ability to capture the students attention too, and make them remember what you are trying to tell them.
The first thing you must do to be an effective school assembly speaker is know how to put yourself in your audience’s shoes. If you are an adult, you are probably less likely to remember how it felt to be thirteen. When you talk to youth, you have to think like one of them. Be aware of what’s going on. You can’t talk about Power Rangers anymore when who they know is SpongeBob, can you?
Secondly, use visuals. Youth are very visual and they always want something fun and interesting. If you are only going to stand in front of them and talk for an hour or so, they would probably fall asleep during your speech. You need to make them laugh and keep them on their toes. This is one of the reasons why many youth speakers are ventriloquists at the same time. They just need to have another character which will grab the audience’s attention when their minds are starting to wander away from the topic.
Last, you need to let the students participate in order to be a good school assembly speaker. Kids, especially teens, are egocentric. They want to be seen and heard too, and you must give them that opportunity so they’d feel that you are talking about something truly worth their while. Oh and have fun while you are speaking, believe it or not but the students want to you succeed as a speaker.